I wanted to post these pics when I took them, but got busy doing other things.
The thick line of black you see along the shore of the Pocantico River that runs through Philipsburg Manor is geese. The birds sailing on the river are mostly ducks.
The geese showed up a few weeks ago. A group of them were walking on the ice covering the pond created by the Philipsburg Manor dam; they were drinking out of a hole near the shore. And in among them? A duck. (The duck might have been lonely.) I thought it was funny, but unfortunately I didn’t stop to take a picture. The return of the geese and ducks are how I know that Spring is on its way.
We are now being told that another winter storm is approaching and may hit the area. This is the end of March. It’s too late. It can come, but the snow will disappear quickly. We are now moving closer and closer to the sun.
This really was a bad winter.
The Jacob Odell House (Historical Society of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown)
Though another winter storm is expected Monday, the weather has been looking up. Spring is just around the corner. Besides, our bit of Earth is moving too close to the sun, so even if we get snow it cannot last long.
I officially started volunteering at the Historical Society, Inc. Serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. The Historical Society is in the Jacob Odell house, built in 1848. Odell was a resident who left his house for the Historical Society.
I’m working on the Charles H. Rockwell papers. Charles Rockwell was a resident who served in the Union Army as the assistant quartermaster of volunteers in New Orleans during the Civil War. There’s about two boxes of papers and a box of ledgers. It’s going to be my job to create a finding aid for the collection.
This eagle, like the one at the Philipse Manor train station, is from Grand Central Depot. It is above the entrance to Grand Central Terminal at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street. I quickly snapped this picture right before I crossed the street to catch my train home one evening.
Unlike the eagle at Philipse Manor, where anyone can walk up to it, this eagle is inaccessible to people, being along the elevated Park Avenue that splits and goes around Grand Central.